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Energy And Water Development And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. SPECTER. Mr. President, I seek recognition to briefly comment on two amendments that I filed to the fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water appropriations bill.

The first amendment deals with the Bloomsburg Flood Control Project. This project was authorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 to protect the town of Bloomsburg from chronic flooding that has plagued it throughout its history. Bloomsburg has suffered 33 floods since 1990. The proposed floodwall will protect more than 400 homes, 7 businesses, and 1,200 people affected by flooding. The project was authorized at a total cost of $44.5 million. However, I am advised that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force issued revised criteria for floodwalls which increase the project's cost. The amendment would raise the authorization amount to $65 million to account for this change and proceed with this important project to project the citizens of Bloomsburg.

The second amendment deals with the Scranton Flood Control Project. This project was initially authorized in 1992 and modified in 1996, and this amendment would further modify it so that the city of Scranton can proceed with downstream mitigation activities and construction of a recreational trail. The amendment also provides that the city shall receive credit against its nonFederal share for mitigation activities it already completed.

I urge my colleagues to adopt these amendments to improve flood protection in Pennsylvania.

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